Spread the JOY

Board of Directors

Shalini Samtani

Chief Joy Spreader
Shalini and her husband founded the Spread the Joy Foundation after their youngest child was hospitalized for an extended period of time. Shalini has a diverse background in law, real estate, and interior design, but her true passion lies in bringing joy to hospitalized children. Her vision is to change the dialogue about childhood diseases to a more positive, joyful, and purposeful one.

Amit Raut

Amit has become a forerunner in the digital marketing industry. He has further branched out his lead gen roots in performance-based marketing with the formation of a highly specialized team under AdSugar. AdSugar has been ranked by Inc. 5000 as the 100th fastest growing private company in America in 2018.

Asha Bakshani

VP Finance
Asha is the Executive Vice President of Finance at Lightspeed HQ, a publicly listed company in Montreal, Canada. Asha has been instrumental in helping the company scale from a small startup to a $2.5B company in the last 5 years.

Edison Lee

Creative Director
Edison is a video, motion graphics, and animation generalist with over 20 years of experience producing promotional content. Edison founded Move-Foundry, a fully featured production house focused on 2D and 3D motion graphics and animation. Yes, you guessed it! He’s the one who produced “The Airship!”

Dinesh Melwani

VP Legal
Dinesh is a transactional attorney at Mintz whose practice encompasses M&A transactions, strategic investments, entity formation, and angel, seed, and venture financings – topics on which he regularly guest lectures at institutions such as MIT, Sloan School of Management, The Broad Institute, MassChallenge, and The Capital Network.

Chirag Patel

Head of Business Development

Chirag is a small business owner and investor who has started, owned and operated multiple businesses in retail and service industries. Currently he focuses his time in developing multi-family projects in Philadelphia/NJ market while consulting and investing for small business owners. Chirag has extensive experience in operations, finance, M&A, development & Real Estate. He enjoys his down time with his wife and 3 children.

Shikha Sarin

Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Shikha has over 17yrs of experience working in Financial Services managing business transformation initiatives, change management, strategic planning, financial analysis, content and project management. She has a strong ability to critically evaluate, develop & execute on high-value strategic partnerships and complex organizational initiatives. She is currently a Director at Golub Capital.

Vaishali Deshpande

VP Events
Vaishali is the Founder and CEO of an event planning firm that specializes in large scale South Asian Weddings and related events. She has over 20 years of experience working all over the United States as well as the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. She focuses on putting together various logistics for the event and designing new trendsetting ideas for her creative and inspired clientele. In her free time, she enjoys spending it with her 1 year old son and husband.


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